Partially averaged Navier-Stokes method for turbulence: Fixed point analysis and comparison with unsteady partially averaged Navier-Stokes Conference Paper uri icon


  • Hybrid/bridging models that combine the advantages of Reynolds averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) method and large-eddy simulations are being increasingly used for simulating turbulent flows with large-scale unsteadiness. The objective is to obtain accurate estimates of important large-scale fluctuations at a reasonable cost. In order to be effective, these bridging methods must posses the correct energetics: that is, the right balance between production (P) and dissipation (). If the model production-to-dissipation ratio (P) is inconsistent with turbulence physics at that cutoff, the computations will be unsuccessful. In this paper, we perform fixed-point analyses of two bridging modelspartially-averaged Navier Stokes (PANS) and unsteady RANS (URANS)to examine the behavior of production-to-dissipation ratio. It is shown that the URANS-(P) ratio is too high rendering it incapable of resolving much of the fluctuations. On the other hand, the PANS-(P) ratio allows the model to vary smoothly from RANS to DNS depending upon the values of its resolution control parameters.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Girimaji, S. S., Jeong, E., & Srinivasan, R.

citation count

  • 95

complete list of authors

  • Girimaji, Sharath S||Jeong, Eunhwan||Srinivasan, Ravi

publication date

  • May 2006